Full diary of events to mark report anniversary

Folk singer Damien Dempsey who will be performing in Glenfada Park tomorrow. (1406MM07)
Folk singer Damien Dempsey who will be performing in Glenfada Park tomorrow. (1406MM07)

The people of Derry will be given an opportunity today to record their memories of the day the Saville report into Bloody Sunday was published.

A unique video diary event will be held in the Pilot’s Row Community Centre all day tomorrow to allow local people to record their memories of the day when the names of those who were killed and wounded by British army paratroopers on January 30th 1972 were finally cleared.

The project has been designed to form part of a permanent record of the thoughts and feelings of those involved in the Bloody Sunday Justice campaign to the publication of the historic report, which made headlines around the world.

Thousands of people gathered in Guildhall Square last year for the publication of the long-awaited Saville report and to hear the reaction from the families of those killed, who were reading the report inside the Guildhall.

Television crews and reporters from across the world descended on Derry to cover the release of the report. The organisers of the video diary event are keen to create a permanent record of the reaction of the epeople of Derry to the report.

Among those who are planning to record their memories of June 15th 2010 are relatives of those murdered, the wounded, as well as politicians, church leaders, and reporters.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Foyle MP Mark Durkan, retired Bishop of Derry Dr Edward Daly, and Presbyterian minister Rev David Latimer will take part in the project tomorrow morning.

Adrian Kerr from the Museum of Free Derry said there are still a number of slots available for those wishing to record their memories.

“Video recording will take place in Pilots Row from 9am to 9pm on Wednesday 15 June.

Time will be limited so we would appreciate it if people called ahead and booked a time, though there may be spaces available for anyone who just wants to turn up on the day.

“Participants will be asked to answer one simple question on the day, ‘What are your memories, thoughts and feelings concerning 15 June 2010?’” he said.

An open-air concert will also be held tomorrow as part of the ‘Day of Vindication’ events. The free concert will take place in the courtyard at Glenfada Park - the site where four of those killed on Bloody Sunday were shot dead.

The ‘Music and Justice’ concert will be held in front of the Museum of Free Derry and will begin at 4pm. It will feature two of the best known names on the Irish folk scene, Damien Dempsey, who has released a number of platinum selling albums, and Scottish born folk singer, Gary Óg, who has performed regularly in Derry in recent years.

Other acts will include local singer Ramon Ferguson and a number of other local musicians.

Discussing the event, a spokesperson for the Bloody Sunday Trust said; “In the area where British Army gunmen attacked and murdered peaceful civil rights marchers, singers will gather to pay tribute to the spirit that kept Bloody Sunday alive, and to celebrate the efforts of all those who stood vindicated in Derry’s Guildhall last year.”

The event will be alcohol-free and the stewarding will be provided by the Bloody Sunday Trust and is scheduled to end at 8pm.

An essay competition has also been organised for pupils from local schools. The competition is being run by the Bloody Sunday Trust and Museum of Free Derry in conjunction with the Bloody Sunday Weekend Committee and the Pat Finucane Centre.

It is designed to give local young people the opportunity to explain what the events of June 15th 2010 meant to them.

The essay contest is open to year 10 and 11 pupils from all post primary schools in the Derry City Council area and essays should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words.

A range of prizes are on offer for the winners of the competition including a first prize of £250 and a plaque for the winning school and individual prizes of £100, £75, and £50 gift vouchers and plaques for the winners.

All entries must be returned to the organisers of the competition by June 15 2011 and the winners will be announced during this year’s Gasyard Féile.

A selection of the entries to be published in a booklet which will be launched during the Féile. A number of copies of the book will be given to all schools involved.